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Sunday, September 24 2017 @ 04:43 PM SGT
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Help! My DVD drive is missing!

I was using a laptop given by a friend, and everything was ok until recently.  The DVD drive went missing.

 

Initially, the laptop shows symptom of breaking down.  It was not able to write to a DVD or CD, and occasionally it was not able to read.  Then one day, it decided not to appear at all in my windows explorer.  For a while I thought may be it was over heated, and it should come back after turning off the laptop and let it rest for a while.  However, that doesn't work.  So thought I could be driver problem.  So I went to have a look at the device manager.  And true enough,  there was a yellow exclamation mark for the DVD/CD drive, indicating that somehow there is an error with the driver.

 

Further investigation reveals that there are some problem in the registry.  So I thought may be I will remove the driver, and re-install again should solve the problem.  But it was not as easy as I thought.  Trying to update the driver also doesn't help.  Finally, after trying all that I could, I decided to google for a solution.

 

I found one suggested solution is to do something to the registry.  Well that might do the job since the error indicated that there is problem in the registry.  So I followed carefully the following steps :

 

1. Click Start, then Run, type REGEDT and click OK.

2. Locate and then remove the following registry values:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlClassLowerFilters

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlClassUpperFilters

 

3. Close Registry Editor.


4. Reboot the system for the changes to take effect.

 

After rebooting, I started the windows explorer, and what do you know?!! I got my DVD drive back.  Praise the Lord!

 

I inserted a CD and it is reading well.  I guess I have resolved my missing DVD mystery.

 

This is recorded for my future reference and also for anyone who faced the same problem I have.

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